ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety had a busy month of July when it came to citing speedy drivers.
DPS reported Tuesday that 21 motorists were cited in July for driving faster than 100 miles per hour, and another 71 were ticketed for driving faster than 90 miles per hour.
DPS officials also said enhanced speed patrols coordinated by DPS, the Minnesota State Patrol and MnDOT will continue in certain areas through September.
DPS said in its report that illegal and unsafe speeding factored in at least 86 driving deaths last year, which made up about 65 percent of accidents in rural areas.
The fastest recorded speed that was ticketed in July was 135 miles per hour by Benson Police. The Swift County Sheriff’s Office nabbed a driver at 118 miles per hour, Fridley Police made a stop at 110 miles per hour and seven other county authorities cited drivers traveling more than 100 miles per hour.